(CNN) - President Barack Obama was informed of Friday's shooting at a Colorado movie theater by John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, at 5:26 a.m. ET, the White House said.
Obama spent the night in Florida after the first day of a two-day campaign swing through the state.
At least 12 people were killed and 50 wounded when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, a police official told reporters.
Washington (CNN)– If you are looking for a good place to raise campaign contributions, New York City is pretty much the smartest and most lucrative choice. And that's where President Barack Obama's headed, as he headlines three fundraisers Wednesday night in New York City.
The first gathering is a dinner at the home of Jon Corzine, the former governor and senator from New Jersey. Democratic sources tell CNN this is the linchpin of the three fundraisers because of Corzine's ability to bring Wall Street back to the president, a constituency that has felt alienated by Obama's tough stance on financial regulatory reform.
Washington (CNN) - Just because you're the commander in chief doesn't mean you're immune to those everyday traffic woes. A U.S. Park Police motorcycle, which was part of the presidential motorcade security, appeared to rear-end a small minibus Monday morning as President and Mrs. Obama returned to the White House from a teacher visit at their daughter Sasha's school in suburban Maryland.
The press pool reporter said it was a small, black mini bus. The Secret Service told CNN no one was hurt in the minor accident and that the motorcade zipped past the fender bender.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will meet with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other business leaders when he visits San Francisco Thursday, according to a source familiar with the arrangements. The topics will be promoting American innovation and the president's stated commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy according to a White House official.
But at Wednesday's first press briefing by new White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, reporters wanted to know if Zuckerberg and the president might discuss Facebook and the role of social media in the Egyptian revolution and similar unrest in other North African countries. Carney's answer: "the purpose of the discussion is on innovation. You know, obviously, other topics could come up."
(CNN) - As the government tries to curb corporate excess of companies receiving federal bailout money, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner appears to be leading by example.
The man who was grilled by Congress last week over the AIG bonuses took the Delta shuttle from New York to Washington on Saturday, riding in the coach section. Asked why not first class, Geithner said he always rides coach, "never first class".
(CNN) - With voters turning out in record numbers, voting rights advocates in Ohio say they have received thousands of reports of problems with provisional ballots across the state Tuesday. Voters in Columbus and Cleveland registered the most complaints. Pam Wilmot from Common Cause said provisional ballots could "play a significant role in the outcome of today's election."
Ohio relies heavily on provisional ballots which are issued to a voter for a myriad of reasons but the top three are the voter's name not appearing on the registration rolls, a voter showing up in the wrong precinct, or problems with the voter's form of identification.
Patrick Galloway, spokesman for the Ohio Secretary of State says his office has gotten complaints about the number of provisional ballots being issued. He says the Secretary of State's office has "provided direction to the (state's county election) boards to get the word to their provisional judges at polling locations on how to make sure votes are accurately cast."
Steve Hartsman, director of the Montgomery County Ohio Board of Elections which includes Dayton estimates that by time polls close, voters will have cast 12,000-18,000 provisional ballots in his county Tuesday. Hartsman says Montgomery county typically sees 10,000 provisional ballots cast, but he points to record high numbers of voters. Hartsman says more than 300,000 votes will be cast in Montgomery county. In 2004, 279,000 votes were cast.
Voter turnout is high in Cleveland as well. Kim Bartlett of the Cuyahoga Board of Elections says as of 6pm a random sampling of 44 precincts in her county shows that voter turnout is at 56.07%, which she characterizes as high.